• 31 OCT 16

    Announcing the JBI Adelaide GRADE Center

    The Joanna Briggs Institute, together with the GRADE Working Group have announced the establishment of the Joanna Briggs Institute Adelaide GRADE Center, located within the Joanna Briggs Institute’s central offices in Adelaide. This center, the first of its kind in Oceania, will focus on promoting the use of GRADE for systematic reviews and guideline development. The GRADE approach reflects ‘best practice’ in terms of clinical guideline development and has been endorsed by organisations across the globe. The newly established center will offer training in GRADE methods and contribute to the scientific development of GRADE methods.

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    • 28 OCT 16

    The George Institute wins the judges’ vote in Google Impact Challenge

    Congratulations to The George Institute which has won the judges’ vote in Google Impact Challenge for its lifesaving SMS program. The simple but ingenious project to prevent chronic diseases such as heart attack, kidney disease, lung disease and diabetes via text messages won the judges’ vote announced today at Google’s Australian headquarters in Sydney.

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    • 28 OCT 16

    NHMRC Grants Announced

    The Turnbull Government has announced a further $190 million in health and medical research, including a $10.6 million investment supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

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    • 20 OCT 16

    Cancer deaths to cost Ireland €73 billion over the next 20 years

    Researchers at the National Cancer Registry Ireland found that deaths from cancer will result in lost productivity valued at €73 billion; €13 billion in lost paid work and €60 billion in lost unpaid activities. When people die from cancer, society loses their contribution to the economy through paid work and unpaid activities such as housework, caring for relatives and volunteering. This work provides a complementary perspective on the burden of cancer in Ireland, and can be used to inform policy makers and health services about priorities for cancer care and research in the future.

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    • 20 OCT 16

    HCF Research Foundation – Year in Review

    The Association’s Corporate member, the HCF Research Foundation has just published its “Year in Review 2016”. During 2016 the Foundation has announced a new international strategic alliance with the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) to develop standardised healthcare outcome measures and it has funded a further 10 teams to undertake health services research.

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    • 19 OCT 16

    Turnbull Government to reduce the cost of medical devices

    The Turnbull Government has announced that it will reduce the cost of thousands of medical devices ranging from pacemakers and lenses to knees and hips by half-a-billion dollars to take pressure off private health insurance premiums for Australians.

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    • 18 OCT 16

    HSRAANZ Annual General Meeting and Symposium – Health Services Research – where to from here? A review of the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand

    Registrations are now open for the Association’s Annual General Meeting and Symposium – Health Services Research – where to from here? on 1 December 2016 at the National Press Club, Canberra. At the event we will launch the preliminary findings of a commissioned report on the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand. This will be accompanied by short presentations by leading health services researchers describing the impact of their HSR on the Australian and New Zealand healthcare system and population health. Following the report launch and presentations, we will be holding break-out sessions to discuss the potential role and approaches to HSR in Australia and New Zealand in different sectors of the healthcare system (e.g. public hospitals, primary care, aged care, public health).

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    • 18 OCT 16

    HSRAANZ Members – tell us about your research

    We want to encourage and help HSRAANZ members to publicise their research. You can do this simply, by completing our template. All we require is a 500 word summary for the HSRAANZ Blog, a 100 word summary for the HSRAANZ email newsletter and a 140 character summary for @hsraanz so that we can tweet about the paper and share a link to the blog. You can also post a photo of yourself or your team. For an example of how this can be done take a look at the post below “When newer isn’t better: We’re paying too much for patented pharmaceuticals” which looks at the latest research from our President, Jon Karnon

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    • 18 OCT 16

    When newer isn’t better: We’re paying too much for patented pharmaceuticals.

    New pharmaceuticals are often listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule at the same price as an equivalent pharmaceutical. Analysis of denosumab for the treatment of osteoporosis shows that the government has been paying almost $250,000 to gain the equivalent of one additional quality adjusted life year (QALY) since its comparator, alendronate went off patent. The Australian government should review listed pharmaceuticals as their comparator comes off patent to reflect the lower price of the comparator as well as any new clinical and economic data.

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    • 13 OCT 16

    NSW Health Prevention Research Support Program

    The NSW Ministry of Health has announced Round 5 of the Prevention Research Support Program (PRSP), formerly known as the Population Health and Health Services Research Support Program, for the period July 2017 to June 2021.

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